September 01, 2012 Criminal Justice

Defending the Elderly

J. Vincent Aprile II

The criminal justice system has begun to recognize the need to prosecute vigorously cases of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation by creating prosecutorial units to specialize in these types of cases with an emphasis on training prosecutors and law enforcement officers on the unique aspects of the elderly as potential or actual victims of crime. Certainly this is an excellent policy and an approach necessitated by the mental and physical conditions that often affect the elderly who are victimized.

 

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